Heavy Palestinian rocket barrage hits Israel

Thursday, November 01, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired 13 rockets into southern Israel on Thursday morning, causing minor damage and no injuries.

One of the rockets landed in the front yard of a home in the town of Sderot, reported Army Radio. Another landed just feet from a staff member at the nearby Sapir College, but failed to explode.

Israeli military surveillance footage later showed that one of the rocket cells participating in the morning bombardment had used a Palestinian elementary school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun as cover. Israeli forces managed to launch a pinpoint strike against that cell and another operating closer to the Gaza security fence killing at least four terrorists.

Later in the morning Israeli ground forces operating in southern Gaza shot dead a fifth militant.

In related news, Israeli soldiers on Wednesday prevented a suicide attack in the Judean town of Hebron. A young Palestinian man aroused the soldiers' suspicion as he approached a checkpoint outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the ancient city. When the soldiers told the man to lift his shirt they found a gun and two knives, one of which had the words "With this knife a Jewish soldier will be murdered" inscribed on it, reported Ynet. A letter telling his family that he planned to die attacking Israeli soldiers was also found in his possession.

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